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  • Two big benefit sports events here, the Artists and Writers Softball Game and Ellen’s Run, are looming.
  • Riding the hot bats of their catcher, Phil Capra, and their first baseman, Rob Vani, the Montauk Mustangs evened the count in Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League's championship series, defeating the top-seeded Westhampton Aviators Wednesday.
  • Spurred on by a desire to win the franchise’s first Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League championship, the Montauk Mustangs stomped the second-seeded North Fork Ospreys in a semifinal series this past weekend, winning 13-4 on the North Fork and then prevailing 10-7 Sunday at the Montauk School.
  • Lori King, the intrepid long-distance swimmer, was a little surprised the other day that I’d never heard the saying, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.”
  • The 7-on-7 men’s soccer league’s championship game at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 27 was mano-a-mano in the first half, at the end of which neither Bateman Painting nor Hamptons F.C.-Bill Miller had scored, and for about half of the second frame as well.
  • Bono Plumbing, which was the East Hampton Town women’s slow-pitch softball league’s pennant winner, with a 7-2 record, swept Groundworks, the defending champion, in a semifinal series at the Terry King ball field in Amagansett this past week, winning 12-8 on July 26 and 31-8 — yes, 31-8 — last Thursday.
  • Spurred on by a desire to win the franchise's first-ever Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League championship, the Montauk Mustangs swept the North Ospreys this past weekend, 13-4 and 10-7.
  • At the beach the other day there were beautiful sights — one of Amanda Calabrese, who was to have been named this week to the United States’ competitive lifesaving team, whirling through the waves in a long, sleek lifesaving craft of which she was obviously the master, and the other of the back of my wife’s head as it and her body rose and fell gently with the water in the late afternoon.
  • Bateman Painting, whose glory years date back pretty much a decade — the last 7-on-7 soccer championship it won was in the fall of 2007 — is, as the result of a 2-1 win over Tortorella Pools in a playoff semifinal at East Hampton’s Herrick Park on July 20, knocking on the door again.
  • Michal Petrzela and David Powers crossed the finish line at Ditch Plain hand-in-hand following the longest of Saturday’s Montauk Playhouse ocean challenge swims, a point-to-point 5K, in 59 minutes and 52 seconds.

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